The last few from Sanibel Island

Now that I’m back in Montreal with my trusty scanner at my side, I’m posting my last few Sanibel sketches. If you missed any from the trip, the full gallery of Sanibel Island images is now on my website.



The really hot beach days were during the first week of the trip. I did a few people sketches while visiting my family in Siesta Key.


There were also a few days that I didn’t post during the first week because I had a flu and spent a few days in bed. When I felt well enough to get up I sat on the deck and sketched the green chair and the coconut, as well as the two palms and the causeway across San Carlos Bay.


That’s about it for the warm weather sketching. I’ll be back to painting snow this week!


32 Comments on “The last few from Sanibel Island”

  1. What a great collection of sketches. You are a terriffic watercolorist and roll model.
    Thank you.


  2. Thanks, Shari
    i have truly enjoyed my armchair traveling. It’s been a great reminder that warm weather does occur on this planet! Your colors and brushstrokes have conveyed the bright sun and rustling breezes deliciously.


  3. Mary says:

    Shari – you were made for the sun! Such great sketches!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • That’s funny Mary. I actually don’t like the sun at all, so when I’m on the beach I have a huge hat on, I’m turned away from the sun, I have most of my body covered. It’s pretty comical.


  4. Donna says:

    thank you for sharing your vacation with us!!! Beautiful colors. I’ve finally starting sketching on a daily basis because of you and also dug out my old oil paints from 40 years ago and will start a class this week—feel a need for heavy paint right now.


  5. nikkidowd says:

    You have captured Sanibel and sun lovers like no one else. I love your work!


  6. joantav says:

    I enjoyed the warm weather vicariously through your sketches! Thanks for sharing your sketches and your stories!!


  7. sandidureice says:

    Thank you. Wonderful!


  8. TonyU says:

    Thanks for the lovely, bright, happy, delicate sketches to start my Monday morning and for sharing your holiday. But so sorry to hear you had flu while you were away …. strange how it knows we’ve let our defences down after working so hard for so long.


    • Tony, that is exactly what happened. All that exhaustion from school finally caught up with me and my body just decided that it wanted no more activity. But having the flu while looking out at palm trees is still better than having the flu and looking out at the snow.


  9. Monique says:

    I would have not known you had not been well:( Well back to reality..I’ve been a crafty bear and every other day..things out of the home..but I won’t be fingers crisp now at anything under 40.Oh lala..Have loved your Sanibel paintings.Welcome must see shadows everywere you look..I have trouble..


    • Monique, we missed all the cold weather that you guys suffered through. Today it was really beautiful wasn’t it, with all that new snow falling. Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family.


  10. Judy Sopher says:

    These are wonderful, as usual. You have really captured the people on the beach. I hope you do more people back in Montreal. From bathing suits to parkas.

    It is not unusual to get sick in a place you are visiting. (I m sure you didn’t know that I’m a retired doctor-for real) New bugs. But I hope you are well by now. Looking forward to your work this year.


    • Doctor Judy. What a fun thing to learn about you. I think what happened is that I was exhausted from my semester and my body just needed some rest. Everyone else in my family was fine.


  11. elena says:

    I love these sketches, especially the palms. Do you use any particular brush when working on palm fronds? Thanks!


  12. susanjk says:

    Hi Shari:

    These are beautiful!

    We will be joining the Urban Sketchers this month. We’ve got our Airbnb booked and the train as well.

    Hope to meet you if you are able to join in.

    Take care,


    Sent from Outlook



  13. Lee says:

    I have so enjoyed your Sanibel sketches. How about a few how-to sketches for palm trees? Love yours.


  14. Bernadette says:

    Love, love, love your sunbathers sketches from Sanibel beach! They are so fresh and full of life. Glad you had some time to rest and recover before heading out to paint when you first arrived in Florida. I am also a great fan of your winter scenes and look forward to those soon. As always, thank you for sharing and allowing us to travel with you wherever you go.


  15. you are certainly going to miss the sunshine and palm trees when you get back up here, I’m so glad I live on the west coast, just lots of rain right now. look forward to your snow sketches have enjoyed the Sanibel Island works, brought back memories of when I lived in the FloridaKeys


  16. Evie says:

    Your Siesta Key sketch really hit home. We spend 2 weeks in a condo across from the gorgeous beach every March. I just started sketching people on the beach and interesting buildings there last year and look forward to toting my sketching supplies this year! Thank you, Shari. Glad you missed the most frigid temps while you were on Sanibel!


  17. Lynn Holbein says:

    Fabulous people!


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